Donnalynn Chase
My muse, Tesha, and I (circa 1900)
About donnalynn (aka dl):

I love all things paper and have been a collector all my life of things I love. My reverence for books, photographs, and correspondence, such as post cards, has deepened as technology seems to be making paper obsolete. Collage came to me naturally through my obsession with collecting books. My current passion is working with vintage images in mixed media collage.

When I realize that I am drawn to a body of specific images, often times with recurring icons, I feel that I must respond and engage in the creative process. As a self-taught artist, I trust the creative process. In fact, I am devoted to the creative process. It demands that I be mindful, authentic and fully engaged in exchange for an enriched experience, a sense of wholeness, and contentment with myself and my art.

After more than a decade of facilitating soul expression workshops and coaching on the creative process, I am still surprised at how art-making reveals metaphorical insights and spiritual wisdom. Something always happens within me whenever I engage in creative expression; something shifts, is healed or transformed. I feel each piece or completed series is directly related to my previous body of artwork and to my life.

Currently I am realizing my dream of making art a daily routine. Retired from teaching and coaching in the Bay Area and moving to a remote environment has allowed me to indulge in my passion.

Collage & mixed media

Collage is a visual art technique in which photographs, handmade papers, advertisements, and other suitable objects are pasted on a flat surface. The artist can explore ideas, layer thoughts and feelings, advocate concepts, and preserve history with this process. It wasn’t until the mid-1900s that it was considered a “fine art” form and a process to explore the unconscious.

Mixed media is a visual art technique that involves more than one medium; such as a collage that incorporates acrylic painting or a painting that includes stamping, collage and pastels. This technique of combining more than one medium in an art piece is also a relatively new technique, as compared to the traditional “fine art” we are familiar with.

Both collage and mixed media have expanded the artist’s palette and freedom for personal expression and renders a distinct visual vocabulary.

Recent accomplishments:

2015 50/50 show; Sanchez Art Center
2014 2014 1ST prize for mixed media; Campbell Artist Guild
2013 2013 1ST prize for mixed media; Campbell Artist Guild
  Silicon Valley Open Studio Participant
2012 50/50 show; Sanchez Art Center

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